From a Christian point of view, the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ are at the center of time, for from Christ we look backward toward creation, the Fall, the Covenants, and God’s working in history to bring redemption. But from the time of the incarnation of Christ we also look forward to the fulfillment of history in his second coming. . . . The Christian believes that history is moving toward a fulfillment, not an ending.
-Robert Webber, Ancient-Future Faith: Rethinking Evangelicalism for a Postmodern World (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1999), 112.